Yoshitomo Tsutsugo: Did You Know

Tsutsugo apparently speaks better Spanish than English. He speaks to manager Alex Ramirez in Spanish.

Source: Tokyo Sports 2/16/2017


Miscellaneous

2016

Tsutsugo hit the Hato Sabure sign out in right during a game against the Chunichi Dragons on July 12. The company presented the slugger with a year’s worth of Hato Sabure and a Hato Sabure cushion. A red star was placed on the billboard to mark the location.

Source: BayStars Sokuho @ NanJ

2017

Tsutsugo signed a contract with baseball equipment supplier IP Select. He is currently using their Armonia Espada training bat.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/2/2017, Daily Sports 5/2/2017

Tsutsugo gifted special order Slugger baseball gloves to ten staff members before a Hanshin games on September 27, 2017. He wanted to thank the staff for their help and support.

Source: Sanspo 10/6/2017

Tsutsugo developed pain in his neck in June caused by a herniated disc. He played through the injury, despite feeling a lot of pain when swinging the bat.

Source: Sponichi 10/25/2017

Tsutsugo went out shopping for a necklace with a T or Y toward the end of the season, but none were in stock. He ended up purchasing a necklace with the letter S, for Super Tsutsugo.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2017


Milestones

Tsutsugo has five walk-off hits:

  1. 2012/08/25 against Yomiuri – double
  2. 2016/06/04 against Lotte – home run
  3. 2016/07/22 against Yomiuri – home run
  4. 2016/08/13 against Hiroshima – single
  5. 2017/07/23 against Yomiuri – home run

Source: Sponichi 8/14/2016, Sponichi 7/24/2017

Tsutsugo homerless streaks:

  • 2012, June to August, 142 plate appearances
  • 2012, September to October, 94 plate appearances
  • 2017, from the start of the season, 91¬†plate appearances

Source: Sanspo 4/28/2017

2017

October 24, 2017 vs Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium – Tsutsugo hit home runs in the fifth and seventh innings and became the thirteenth player (accomplished fourteen times) to hit two home runs in one Playoff/Climax Series game and the ninth player to hit home runs in consecutive plate appearances in one Playoff/Climax Series game.

Tsutsugo also hit a home run on October 23 and became the first player to hit three home runs in two Climax Series games.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2017

2018

May 20 vs Yokohama at Tokyo Dome – Tsutsugo blasted three home runs for the first time in his career. He hit a two-run home run off Ryoma Nogami in the first inning, a solo home run off Ryoma Nogami in the fourth inning, and a solo home run off Seiji Tahara in the ninth inning.

Tsutsugo became the sixteenth Yokohama player (accomplished twenty-one times) to hit three homers in a game, first since Jose Lopez on April 9, 2016. He joined Norihiro Nakamura (May 23, 2003 at Yokohama) and Seiichi Uchikawa (May 18, 2004 at Yokohama) as the only players in Bay Stars history to hit three homers in one game against Yomiuri.

Tsutsugo joined Tomio Tashiro (twenty-seven) and Shuichi Murata (twenty-three) as the only players in Bay Stars’ history to hit two or more home runs in at least twenty games.

Tsutsugo homered in his third straight game for the sixth time in his career. This was also the third time he hit five or more home runs in three straight games (one, one, three). The other two times: July 14-16, 2014 (one, two, two) and July 19-22, 2016 (two, two, two).

Source: Daily Sports 5/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/21/2018, Sponichi 5/21/2018, Sanspo 5/21/2018

May 24 vs Chunichi at Yokohama – Tsutsugo blasted the 150th home run of his career in the third inning off Kazuki Yoshimi and became the 166th player in NPB history (eighth in Bay Stars history) to reach the milestone. At twenty-six years and five months, he is the youngest player to reach 150 home runs in Bay Stars history. The previous record of twenty-seven years and one month was held by Tomio Tashiro.

Source: Sponichi 5/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/24/2018, Daily Sports 5/24/2018, Sponichi 5/25/2018, Sanspo 5/25/2018

June 3 vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome – Tsutsugo blasted the 100th home run of his career batting out of the clean-up spot in the line-up. He is currently the fifth player (active) in the NPB with 100 or more home runs out of the clean-up spot, behind Takeya Nakamura’s 236, Sho Nakata’s 165, Wladimir Balentien’s 141, and Takahiro Arai’s 127.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/4/2018


Weight

  • 2016 – 105kg
  • 2017 – 98 to 99kg

Source: Sanspo 7/3/2017


Salary Progression

  • 2010 – 8.00M
  • 2011 – 9.00M
  • 2012 – 12.00M
  • 2013 – 19.50M
  • 2014 – 16.00M
  • 2015 – 46.00M
  • 2016 – 100.00M
  • 2017 – 300.00M

Relationships

Tsutsugo (26) is planning to file marriage papers with a woman in the spring of 2018.

Source: Sanspo 1/27/2018, Daily Sports 1/27/2018, Sponichi 1/27/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/27/2018, ZakZak 1/27/2018


Family

Tsutsugo’s fiance is expecting to give birth to the couple’s first child in 2018.

Source: Sanspo 1/27/2018, Daily Sports 1/27/2018, Sponichi 1/27/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/27/2018

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